Posted on April 29, 2011
João Pedro Oliveira/Takagi Masakatsu
Video by Takagi Masakatsu, music by João Pedro Oliveira
The soundtrack for the video Bloomy Girls tries to establish a dialog between the music and the image, in both technical and artistic ways.
Technically, the type of image synthesis and transformations used in the video suggest the use of synthetic sounds (most of them created through the use of granular synthesis techniques, as well as other computer generated sounds). These synthetic sounds are used together with recorded and subsequently transformed female voice sounds, that specifically relate to the suggestions of the images of girls, in the video.
João Pedro Oliveira is one of the most prominent Portuguese composers of his generation. He studied organ performance and architecture. From 1985 to 1990 he moved to the US as a Fulbright student, where he completed a PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including three Prizes at Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, the prestigious Magisterium Prize at the same competition, the Giga-Hertz Special Award, 1st Prize in Metamorphoses competition, 1st Prize in Yamaha-Visiones Sonoras Competition, 1st Prize in Musica Nova competition, etc.. His music is played all over the world, and most of his works have been commissioned by Portuguese and foreign groups and foundations. He is Senior Professor at Aveiro University (Portugal) and teaches composition, electroacoustic music and analysis. The music of Bloomy Girls received the 1st Prize at the Roma Soundtrack Competition. www.jpoliveira.com